How to get there - Nearest point by car is St Peter's Church car park, Church Lane Upper Beeding.
For those with SatNav the postcode is BN44 3HP.
Get a map with driving directions to start (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)
Suggested Launch Site - Portage down steps and a short distance across field to the river where there is a small 'beach' on the bend. This is ideal at high tide but a little muddy otherwise.
Description - I launched at 16.05, one hour after high tide at Shoreham by Sea (6.3m at 15.05). Don't be fooled by the movement of the water on the bend; the eddies are deceptive.
Paddling North against a warm WNW breeze, it was 17.45 before the tide fully turned, and I had passed a footbridge near Ashurst (the fourth bridge on the trip). In the company of herons, swans, buzzards and damsel flies, it took only an hour to retrace the route to Upper Beeding with the wind behind me.
A good alternative would be to launch an hour earlier and paddle to Mock Bridge on the A281 (car park at the Bull pub just South of the Bridge), or reverse this trip on a falling tide.
Comments on this trip
Joe 25 Jul 2016
Many thanks. Good route and stopped for an ale at the bull before returning. Only downside was some seriously vicious swans protecting young!